Entrepreneurship and indigenous identity: A study of social identities and identity work in British Columbian indigenous entrepreneurs

Gallagher, Bryan and Lawrence, Thomas B. (2012) Entrepreneurship and indigenous identity: A study of social identities and identity work in British Columbian indigenous entrepreneurs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 17 (4). pp. 395-414.

Abstract

Recent literature on indigenous entrepreneurship has called for the exploration of the relationship between indigenous culture and entrepreneurship as well as the relationship between indigenous identity and entrepreneurship. In this study, we explore how being an entrepreneur effects the identities of Canadian indigenous people. To do so, we interviewed thirty urban British Columbian indigenous entrepreneurs. Drawing on an identity work lens, we illuminate the narratives that entrepreneurs leverage and create during interviews in their attempt to create a coherent and meaningful concept of themselves. Counter to the current focus in the indigenous entrepreneurship
literature which suggests indigenous entrepreneurs may struggle to maintain their indigenous culture and identity while being an entrepreneur, our study suggests that being an entrepreneur does not necessarily weaken, and in fact
can strengthen, the connection indigenous entrepreneurs have to their identities as indigenous people

Item Type: Article
Keywords: idigenous entrepreneurship; first nation entrepreneurship; aboriginal entrepreneurship; indigenous identity; indigenous economic development; identity work; identity talk; British Columbia.
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 15:03
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 14:38
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5415

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